Visions du Réel 2020 to go online in extended version

Visions du Réel 2020 to go online in extended version

2020 sees radical changes to the format of Visions du Réel in the wake of local and worldwide COVID-19 restrictions.


Films selected for International Feature Film Competition, International Burning Lights Competition, International Medium Length and Short Film Competition and Opening Scenes will be presented online this year. 


“Visions du Réel will not take place at the Place du Réel, in the cinemas, in the tent and in the bar, in Nyon. But it will resolutely be held on the Internet, in almost all its generous diversity, and will visit the spectators at home,” comments Émilie Bujès, Artistic Director, of the 2020 event.


Competition juries will make their deliberations remotely.


The 2020 online selection comprises a minimum of 167 films from 58 countries, 89 of which are world premieres. Approximately 45% of films in selection are directed by women and 24 are Swiss (co)productions.


The majority of these productions will be viewable from April 17 on the Festival Scope platform. Access is open to everybody and free of charge, but limited to 500 spectators per film. 


All films selected for the 2020 National Competition will be available online, via the Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) website. These free broadcasts will be available for 24 hours per film. 


The Grand Angle section (comprising of crowd-pleasers at other international festivals) will be presented on, with open-access and free of charge, and the independent documentary platform Tënk will show the films from the non-competitive Latitudes section (which aims to reveal a panorama of current documentary practices) free of charge. 


All films and platforms will be accessible via the Visions de Réel website:


Works by the special guests of festival will be visible on these platforms as well. The 2020 Maître du Réel, Claire Denis, will deliver her Masterclass as planned, but online, and some of her films will be available via 


Filmmakers Petra Costa and Peter Mettler, guests of Ateliers 2020, will also give masterclasses online, while it will be possible to view a selection of their films on the Doc Alliance platform ( 


Adds Artistic Director Bujès: “The Visions du Réel team is going out of its way to implement this unprecedented edition, so firmly rooted in its time, and at the same time is encountering the friendship, solidarity and trust of the public and professionals who are resolutely choosing to support us in this adventure. Moreover, our partners, public and private alike, are also displaying unconditional sup- port, which bears witness to a profound connection and gives us the confidence we need to continue our efforts.


Visions du Réel 2020 also presents sentiments, signes, passions – à propos du livre d’image, an exhibition developed during a long dialogue between Jean-Luc Godard, his producer and close collaborator Fabrice Aragno, and Émilie Bujès, artistic director of Visions du Réel


Based on the filmmaker’s latest film, Le Livre d’image, the exhibition allows the public to understand the work of the French-Swiss luminary, who lives in Rolle and is connected to the City of Nyon through his personal history. 


It will begin as soon as the Nyon Castle re-opens and will resume the cutting of the film in six parts, by breaking down and fragmenting the work, both from the sound and visual point of view. Thus moving away from the linear film format and creating an entirely different type of experience and relationship to images.


Industry programme 25-30 April 2020

Visions du Réel’s Industry is one of the most significant European professional film markets and will be adapted and presented for online in 2020, with the majority of participants and professionals stillintending to taking part.


The Industry programme comprises the co-production forum Pitching du Réel (15 projects), Docs in Progress (for films close to finishing in need of a final financial boost, 9 projects) and the Rough Cut Lab programme (4 projects)


This year, the 400-title Media Library will be open to professionals from April 25.